Photography and Design

Photography and design for books, leaflets and interpretative material.

Stained Glass Research

Links for research concerning stained glass in churches in Wales.

Saints' Cults in Wales

A four-year research project editing medieval Welsh texts about saints in Wales.

Detail of woodwork at Hafod.
Stained glass at Llanwenllwyfo.
Scene from the Life of St Winifrede, at Holywell.

Sulien Books

art and craft, ancient and modern

News and events

On 16 October I was invited to give the Annual Lampeter Society Lecture, where I spoke about the stained glass of the Church of St Peter, Lampeter, and the difficulties of attributing windows.

In November, I gave a talk in Llandaf for the 'Vitae Sanctorum Cambriae' (The Latin Lives of the Welsh Saints) project, before travelling to the opposite end of the country to give a talk for the Talwrn Archaeological Group in Anglesey.

A few of my pictures were shown recently in the Diverse Manners 2017 exhibition at Bethesda Baptist Church, Rogerstone, Newport, 20–25 November 2017.

I recently travelled to Kraków to speak at a conference on stained glass from c.1800 to 1945 at the Institute of Art History, Jagiellonian University. Once returned I gave a seminar at the Welsh and Celtic Studies Department at Aberystwyth University, on 13 December.

 

Image of St David in stained glass, at Llanbadarn Fawr.The Saints of Llandaff

The first of a series of events related to the new 'Vitae Sanctorum Cambriae' (The Latin Lives of the Welsh Saints) project took place at Llandaff Cathedral on 11 November. The afternoon event continued a series of events that I organised for the proceeding ‘Cult of Saints in Wales’ project in 2015 and 2016, with members of the project team and other experts sharing recent work on saints in Wales.

Most of the talks were held in Prebendal House, adjacent to the cathedral, but I took the opportunity to speak about the two windows in the Dyfrig Chapel that depict saints and legendary kings in Wales, one of which was commissioned by Sir William Thomas Lewis, first baron Merthyr, while the second was placed there in his memory.

While the saints that became patrons of the new cathedral in the twelfth century were Dyfrig, Teilo and Euddogwy, Lewis chose Tudful and Elfan to be included in the window, with other figures associated with the Lucius legend included in the tracery lights.

 

Artwork by Martin Crampin at Llanwnda church, PembrokeshireArt on the Faith Trail

Pembrokeshire, June–July 2017

I recently participated in the 'Art on the Faith Trail' initiative in June and July. Artists exhibited their work in a number of churches in northern Pembrokeshire, as well as at St Davids Cathedral. Examples of my work were shown at Llanwnda, Llanychaer and Pontfaen, churches that are all within a few miles of Fishguard, and three pieces were included in the display at St Davids Cathedral.

Artwork by Martin Crampin at Llanychaer church, PembrokeshireAll of the work was based on various examples of medieval decorative arts found in churches across Wales, so the opportunity to show some of the pieces in church settings seemed particularly appropriate. I was also pleased to hear that in some cases services had made liturgical use of some of the pieces.

 

MAMO image: knight on a television.The Middle Ages in the Modern World Conference

University of Manchester 28 June – 1 July 2017

I was invited to join a panel on medievalism in Wales at 'The Middle Ages in the Modern World' Conference, Manchester, presenting my research on medievalism and Celticism in the visual arts of Wales during the twentieth century.

In addition to my talk I also exhibited some of my prints based on the medieval tiles at Strata Florida and the rood screen at Llananno. I was also asked if I could help out with providing an image for the conference bag, and came up with the image shown here. The image tried to echo the many papers analysing the representation of the Middle Ages, in its many guises, in contemporary film, television and games.

 

 

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Research projects

I have been based at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies since 1999. For a brief summary of the projects that I have been involved in at the Centre, see my staff page.